learning to use a d50. I never thought I’d get sucked into the dslr world bc it looks so hard to take good pics but I must admit practicing and learning has been too much fun.
past few days I’ve been eating around town with just me and the cam. i present to u my uber newb first batch of pics…(hot off the sd card, next I need to learn how to edit pics with photoshop haha)
dutch oven bakery
blueberry honey muffin
both muffins also tasted delicious. per josh’s tweet about these honey muffins being the single best baked dessert in the city, I had to rush over. loved the textures of the caramelized sticky dome outside and the moist inside.
I was sitting alone outside at a table and some man walks by saying “aww, look, the girl’s taking a picture of her cupcake.”
I wanted to give him an evil snarling glare saying “this is a f’n gorgeous and mouth watering blueberry honey muffin, buddy!” but instead I just coyly smiled back 😛
happy hour at fig restaurant
this was a fun yelp event where 25 lucky yelpers were invited to taste and sample fig’s new fig at five happy hour menu (available 5-6pm, each selection is $5)
arugula and olive oil infused butter they’re not joking when they say their menu is market driven. the arugula and olive oil make u feel a leeetle less guilty when spread on top of this crusty goodness…
gorgeous and divine charcuterie and cheese
braised beef tongue with tomatillo and radish after reading gourmet pig’s review of this place and this dish, I was so excited to try this. It was even better that I imagined it to be. the beef tongue is one of the most tender preparations I’ve had and the slightly tart tomatillo sauce was just stellar. after seeing how much I enjoyed this dish, the assistant director of food and beverage, matthew, was generous enough to bring out 2 more servings (!)
chef ray garcia was a joy to talk to as he came around to each table explaining his concept and food
needless to say, I was one happy camper. what made the food even better? paired with glasses of their juve y camps cava, lois gruner veltliner, pierre spar gerwurtztraminer, and a delicious cab franc (forgot the name but its the most balanced cab franc ive ever tasted) their happy hour wine list is solid and priced at the oh-so-reasonable $5/glass!
matthew was kind enough to even bring out their feature draft which is a quadruple dutch ale (not a happy hour special though)
later in the evening, the bartender thought I might enjoy this (I apologize for the blurry pic..yes, I am a work in progress :P)
a wonderful evening and I can’t wait to go back for dinner to try the rest of their menu 🙂
HELP! not only am I hooked on good food and drink, now I’m hooked on dslrs too 😛
dutch oven bakery, 2281 lake ave, altadena, ca 91001. (626) 794-3555
fig restaurant, 101 wilshire blvd, santa monica, ca 90401. (310) 319-3111. www.figsantamonica.com